I’m so excited that my writing friend Gloryanna Boge is hosting a giveaway for her readers of Loved Baby this week. She is truly a rock-star writer & I’m humbled to be on her website. She’s also giving away copies of the beautiful print that you see above. You can download it on her website.
As a portion of her article she did a little Q&A with me. Here is a bit of the the interview. Then you can click READ MORE to hop on over to her website.
|| Tell us a little bit about yourself. ||
Hi, everyone! Thank you for inviting me to your corner of the world, Gloryanna. My name is Sarah Philpott. I live in Tennessee on a cattle and row crop farm with my hard workin’ hubby (who has been my sweetheart since highschool) and my three children. We have chickens, llamas, cattle, donkeys, horses, and a host of other beautiful life out here. We live nestled along the side of the Cherokee National Forest. I love watching the seasons change—right now the fall colors are vibrant. But I’m a summer girl and like nothing better than days at the river or beside the pool.
|| How did writing this devotional about child loss change your perspective on grief? ||
I have researched the affects of miscarriage, stillbirth, and ectopic pregnancy for the past three years. One of the things that most surprised me, although it should not have been a surprise, is how closely aligned the process of grief is both biblically and from a grief research perspective. We can find countless instances in the Bible of people (such as Hannah) crying out their anger to God over feelings of grief. It was so freeing to me actually studying the full-range of emotions people display in the bible. We don’t have to hide these emotions. And one of these emotions that seems to hit many of us after pregnancy loss is the false anxiety of “I did something wrong.”
You see, after both of my miscarriages I felt this deep sense of responsibility for the loss of my child—as if I was the one who caused the death. Even though I knew rationally this was not true, I couldn’t shake those misguided emotions of self-blame. I had to constantly remind myself that I was blameless in this matter. As I began researching the feelings of women post-loss, I found that my reaction was not unusual. Most women feel this same weight of misguided blame. I found this to be true from my own research and found it also corroborated with what grief researchers tell us. Self-blame is an intrinsic reaction that is often not discussed. Therefore, in the book I really try to provide tactics—both spiritually and through self-care, that women can use to fight these feelings that try to consume our minds. These untruths can make the anxiety and depression worse and need to be actively tackled. Fighting the battle of self-blame is thing women must do in this journey of mourning. In the book I provide a variety of techniques. My perspective on grief changed after I saw that we can be active participants in our fight toward resilience.
|| How is your devotional different from others? ||
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